A chieftain of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Balarabe Musa, has welcomed the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, into the party.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PRP made this known while speaking with journalists at his Kaduna residence on Monday.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Abdul Gombe, in a statement on August 2, said the former INEC chairman has joined the party.
The statement also said Jega’s entry into the party will help re-position the party for more nationalistic outlook ahead of 2023 general election.
He said the former INEC boss will spearhead the strength, weakness, opportunities and threat (SWOT) analysis committee of the PRP.
However, Musa said the PRP was illegally deregistered under Jega, adding that the former INEC boss not to forget that the PRP he is “romancing now” was once deregistered by him.
He said though, the party membership and reorganisation was thrown open to attract national outlook, he only learned of Jega’s membership on the pages of newspapers.
The former governor of Kaduna said though three months ago, Falalu Bello, national chairman of the party, hinted him of Jega’s interest to join the PRP, he did not know the exact time Jega joined PRP.
Musa said the party is a public property and cannot reject anyone.
“We have to exercise care and caution on Prof. Attahiru Jega? Jega was the INEC chairman that under his chairmanship, PRP was deregistered,” he said.
“It became a big struggle for us. We approached the court, and the court reinstated the party. But we had to sue the INEC chairman for contempt of court because when the court gave the judgement that our party should be reinstated, he refused to give us the recognition.
“The same person is coming to the party he once deregistered. He is welcome because we cannot reject him and since our party is a public property and open to everyone, he is welcome.”
PRP, a left-leaning party, may be considered a natural habitat for Jega, who was a union leader during his days as a university teacher.